Charleston strikes early, beat Jackets in finale, 7-1

By: Staff Reporter
By: Staff Reporter

Monday, September 3, 2012

Augusta, GA – With three runs on five hits in the first inning, the Charleston RiverDogs took an early lead and never looked back. The RiverDogs picked up a 7-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets in the season finale for both teams, allowing the RiverDogs to earn the four-game series sweep.

RBI singles from Saxon Butler, Rob Refsnyder and Casey Stevenson – the final three of the five consecutive RiverDogs hits in the first inning – gave Charleston a 3-0 lead. They added another run in the second on Casey McGehee’s RBI double. In the fifth, a costly throwing error after Charleston’s third hit of that inning gave the RiverDogs a 6-0 edge. Charleston grew the lead to 7-0 in the seventh on Francisco Arcia’s RBI groundout.

Paul Davis (6-8) never recovered from the first-inning onslaught, but battled bravely through six innings in the season finale. He allowed six runs – four earned – on 11 hits and a walk while striking out three.

The GreenJackets were held to just one hit against Charleston starter Bryan Mitchell and three in the entire contest. Mitchell (9-11) fired six scoreless innings and didn’t walk anyone while striking out six.

Augusta got on the scoreboard to avoid the shutout in their season finale on Elliott Blair’s two-out RBI single in the seventh inning. In the four-game sweep, Charleston outscored the GreenJackets 24-5.

The loss brings Augusta’s overall record in 2012 to 69-70 and 37-33 in the second half in their second season under Lipso Nava. 2012 is the first year as a Giants affiliate where the GreenJackets did not finish with a winning record in the overall standings.

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